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That the generation to come might know . . . (Psalm 78:6).

God’s Word tells us of the importance of children in the eyes of God. In Russia and her neighboring countries, generations are growing up with little or no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching them with the Gospel is critical.

Russian children and their families face monumental challenges. Economic conditions have been unstable since the Soviet collapse, and even two decades after the end of atheistic communism, millions are left with an enormous spiritual vacuum. Parents want better lives for their children, and they are deeply grateful when caring local church workers show genuine love to their little ones. Because of this, evangelical churches have tremendous opportunities for evangelistic outreach and discipleship ministries dedicated to children. Best of all, as the children are shown Christ’s love through the local church and believe the Gospel, the children often become the evangelists to reach their whole families.

Children are the church of tomorrow, and whether it’s through SGA-sponsored summer camps, orphan ministry or Sunday schools, the God-given opportunities to reach them are truly vast.

Local Russian Authorities Shut UECB Camp Down

We have received word from the Russian Baptist Union that one of their summer camp ministries in the Yamal region was shut down by the local Department of Public Safety. Local media reports that the new anti-missionary law was cited as grounds for the closure in addition to alleged “violations of safety regulations.”

Drawing Parents to Christ Through Their Children

We praise and thank the Lord for the opportunity God granted us this month to hold a summer camp session for local children on our church’s property. This was the first time we had done so in our town. And the majority of the children were from unbelieving homes.

Rejoicing in St. Petersburg and in Heaven!

Not long ago, we shared a prayerful report from Irina Orlova, who serves as coordinator of the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn ministry in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the time, her grandson had been in the hospital, and while there visiting him, she met a young man named Vlad—also a patient. Together, Irina, her daughter-in-law, and her grandson shared their faith in Christ with Vlad. And now, Irina shares a joyful update with you, our faithful partners in prayer and ministry.

Prayer Update for Summer Camps

In recent days, we have become aware of renewed threats against children’s summer camp ministries. Published reports and other in-country sources say these threats are coming from authorities in one of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

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